Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Tatterdemalion in Cloud Atlas


Tom Hanks plays Dr. Henry Goose /
 Isaac Sachs / Dermot 'Duster' Hoggins /
Valleysman Zachry
Here's my word for Wondrous Words Wednesday, a fun meme hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion

Tatterdemalion comes from my reading of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, which after a slow going first chapter or so is really starting to hum along.
"No more tatterdemalion a renagado I ever beheld, but Mr. Evans swore the quadroon, Barnabas, was "the fleetest sheepdog who ever ran upon two legs."
Here's the Dictionary.com definition.  Tatterdemalion: a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.

I am not disciplined enough to host Read Alongs but if you are reading the book or you have read it, I would love to know what you think. Are you excited about the film?
Cloud Atlas is due out October 26. You might want to check out the Cloud Atlas site.

11 comments:

  1. With that language I can see why the book started out slow. It always takes me a little while to adjust to the rhythm of language like that. Tatterdemalion is new to me but I think I can remember it since it starts with tatter.

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    1. yes, the story, which takes place over several time periods, begins in the mid to late 1850's so the language is a tad archaic.

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  2. First time visitor and I love the theme of your blog!

    I read another post about Cloud Atlas recently, and I'm intrigued. Looking forward to hearing what you think of the film adaptation.

    The word tatterdemalion sounds like tattered but still I would have had to look up the word based on the usage. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you 'readingdate' ... you made my day! I appreciate the stop by.

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  3. That's a completely new word to me -- thanks!

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  4. That's a terrific word! I loved Cloud Atlas and I was horrified to see that Tom Hanks was in it. So disappointing.

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    1. I haven't read enough to know how I feel about the casting yet BUT I do know I was disappointed when I heard Hanks was cast in the Da Vinci code and then again when he was cast as the father in Extremely Loud and Incrediby Close.

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  5. I read Cloud Atlas quite a few years ago. I remember it being a great read, but a bit challenging in some bits. I will be looking forward to the movie. I learnt tatterdemalion a few years ago from Enid Blyton! I suspect usage in the UK is a bit more common than elsewhere.

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    1. Yes, the first bit was challenging and dragged somewhat. The part I've just finished, which takes place in 1931, about a morally bankrupt music student and composer who transcribes for an aging music icon is just amazing.I know Jim Broadbent plays the aging composer and he always gives such rich interpretations of his characters that I'm excited. And curious to see where this is all headed.

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  6. Since I'm hosting a read-along of Anna Karenina, I don't think I can take up Cloud Atlas at the moment. But definitely would like to read it before/after the film. Sounds like an exciting read. Thanks for the word. ;) Anna K. comes out Nov. 16 in the U.S., we're trying to finish the 800+ pages before then.

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    1. I'm probably not going to re-read Anna but I'm really intrigued to see it. I can't believe they decided to do yet another screen adaptation - my husband is an assistant director and he worked on the last one with Sophie Marceau as Anna. He was in Russia for so long, in winter no less, that I'm actually a little resentful of this new version. I know that's ridiculous and it's not like that film blew me away but there it is. Still I'm very curious to see this one; the trailer looks really promising.

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